• Southern Illinois boatmaker announces layoffs

    by  • June 4, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Leisure Properties LLC, which manufactures Crownline Boats, has announced a temporary layoff of 206 workers at its West Frankfort production facility. The company says the layoffs are due a downturn in the market for stern drive boats that stems from unusual weather patterns around the country. While Crownline Boats says the layoffs will be...

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    High Court approves DNA testing on arrestees

    by  • June 3, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A sharply divided supreme court on Monday said police can continue to take DNA from people they arrest without getting a warrant. The court’s five-justice majority said DNA testing was a legitimate police arrest procedure, like fingerprinting. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the five-justice majority that taking and analyzing a cheek swab of an...

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    Illinois must adopt ‘fracking’ rules, hire experts

    by  • June 3, 2013 • 0 Comments

    High-volume oil and gas extraction probably won’t begin in earnest in Illinois until next year, even though a bill establishing the nation’s toughest regulations sailed through the Legislature. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources first must adopt rules to mirror the regulations and hire dozens of new engineers, inspectors, lawyers and other experts. Industry...

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    Fitch downgrades Illinois credit rating

    by  • June 3, 2013 • 0 Comments

    One of the three major ratings agencies has downgraded the value of Illinois state government credit. Fitch Ratings said Monday it would drop the Illinois rating from “A” to “A-” based on lawmakers’ failure to enact a solution to the state’s public-employee pension crisis. Illinois already has the lowest rating in the nation. Lower...

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